From Huffington Post: Discrimination Is Never a Religious Value by Rev. Debra Haffner
We have reached a time when there is no turning back from the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in our society or in our faith communities. The national outrage over the Indiana law is surely a sign that we are approaching a time when sexual and gender diversity will be seen as a blessing that enriches all as surely the Creator intended.
CINCINNATI —On Wednesday, City Council passed a resolution supporting marriage equality and appreciation for the work of Why Marriage Matters Ohio, a grassroots public education campaign to build support for marriage equality in Ohio. continue
We applaud Cincinnati City Council for their support of this major social justice issue.
From NCR: It was the women who stayed by Christine Schenk:
Yesterday was the feast of the Annunciation. While I can't pretend to understand the mystical encounter narrated in Luke's Gospel, Sojourner Truth's take on the story always brings a smile:
From Huffington Post: Pope Puts Climate Heat on GOP
"A Christian who does not protect creation," Francis says, "is a Christian who does not care about the work of God." continue
Human caused global warming is a crisis that requires immediate, coordinated action by all people around the world. We are at a critical stage of human history. So far things are not looking good.
Hopefully, the pope's encyclical on climate, expected later this summer, will wake some people up. Mega corporations, and the vastly wealthy individuals that control these companies, which extract carbon based energy - coal, gas, oil - from the earth, are destroying this planet's ability to support human civilization as we currently know it. We hope that those politicians, who have sold both their integrity and intelligence to the highest dirty energy bidder, will be pushed to do the right thing.
Church Of England Appoints Alison White, Second Woman Bishop In Three Months:
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Church of England appointed its second woman bishop on Wednesday (March 25), only two months after it consecrated its first.
Alison White, 58, will become the next suffragan bishop of Hull, following closely on the heels of Bishop Libby Lane, who was consecrated in January as a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Chester. A suffragan bishop is a bishop subordinate to a metropolitan or diocesan bishop. continue
From The Guardian: Climate denial is immoral, says head of US Episcopal church
Francis is also expected to take a strong stand regarding human caused climate change in an
encyclical which will be released later this year.
From NCR: Where Pope Francis stands when it comes to women by Thomas Reese
When it comes to women, Pope Francis has five strikes against him, but he also has some good points.
From New York Times: French Parliament Debates Weight Standards for Fashion Models
NYT - PARIS — France, which often seems to have style and elegance written into its genetic code, is again confronting one of the dark sides of fashion: the glamorization of too-thin women.
Anorexia is a real problem. Is our cultural insistence, that beautiful women fashion models must be impossibly and unhealthily thin, part of that problem? Wouldn't these women be better role-models if their weight was more realistic, more healthy? The French Government should move forward with this legislation.
From Huffington Post: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Embraces LGBT-Inclusive Definition Of Marriage
The tide has turned for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples seeking to be married in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).
With this change, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) becomes one of the increasing number of Christian Denominations embracing a more loving and inclusive interpretation of Gospel Values. Congratulations.
Gynophobia by John Chuchman, MA, CDOS
John offers workshops, seminars, in-service programs, and retreats on Grief, Caregiving, Church, and Spiritual Growth and Nurturing for Grievers, Caregivers, and anyone seeking Spiritual Growth and Nurturing. John writes on the web-page Sacred Quest
I will no longer debate the issue of women’s ordination in the church with anyone.
I will no longer engage the biblical ignorance
that emanates from so many right-wing Christians
about how all of Jesus’ Apostles were male,
as if that point of view still has any credibility.
I will no longer discuss with them or listen to them tell me
how “only males can be representations of Christ,"
about how women have a “different role” in the Church,
or about how male-only ordination is “the Church’s Tradition.”
Those arguments are no longer worthy of my time or energy.
I will no longer dignify by listening to the thoughts of those
who advocate that women be happy being nuns and priests’ helpers.
Saturday in Orlando Florida, Luz Galilea was ordained to the Priesthood. The Ordination Homily was given by presiding Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan (ARCWP):
Mary, Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community, this is the day God has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it as we ordain a woman priest!
From RNS via Huffington Post: San Francisco's Evangelical City Church Will No Longer Ask LGBT Members To Be Celibate
Senior pastor Fred Harrell Sr. and six board members of City Church, one of the largest members of the Reformed Church in America denomination, wrote in a letter emailed to members Friday:
We will no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation and demand lifelong celibacy as a precondition for joining…
We congratulate City Church for their evolution on this issue and for now taking a more loving approach to gospel values.
Even the winter won’t last forever.
We’ll see the morning, we’ll feel the sun.
We’ll wake up in April, ready and able, Sowing the seeds in the soil.
Even the darkness cannot disarm us.
We’ll see the morning, we’ll feel the sun.
From EcoCatholic at NCR Online - Preaching to the choir? Ahead of encyclical, global warming worries Catholics more than other Christians
Will Pope Francis be preaching to the choir on climate change when he releases his ecology-focused encyclical later this year?
The Washington Blade profiles one of the Ohio plaintiffs in the marriage equality case which will be heard by the US Supreme Court this spring.
Two years ago when James Obergefell decided to sue the state of Ohio to recognize his marriage to his dying spouse, he didn’t envision his could be the case that decides the fate of marriage equality for the nation. continue
From Huffington Post: This Is What A Little Over A Year Of Religious Women Breaking Down Barriers Looks Like
Reverend Libby Lane - the Church of England's first female bishop
The Guardian - Climate Crisis series, PART FOUR
There is nothing random about the pattern of silence that surrounds our lives. Silences occur where powerful interests are at risk of exposure. ~George Monbiot
In the fourth piece in the Guardian’s major series on climate change, George Monbiot argues that once coal, oil and gas are produced, they will be used. And yet, after 23 years of UN negotiations there have been almost no steps taken to stop the production – rather than the use of – fossil fuels
If you visit the website of the UN body that oversees the world’s climate negotiations, you will find dozens of pictures, taken across 20 years, of people clapping. These photos should be of interest to anthropologists and psychologists. For they show hundreds of intelligent, educated, well-paid and elegantly-dressed people wasting their lives. continue
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